Temporary Research Enhancement Support (T-RES) at UCI - EMERGENCY CHILDCARE FUNDING

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The funding call for this temporary and emergency pilot is now closed and no longer accepting applications.

Eligibility for the UCI Temporary Research Enhancement Support (T-RES) was open for fall 2021 cycle to UCI Senate faculty who are parents of children enrolled in grades 6 or under. The awards aimed to support the career development of UCI faculty, and provided funds that are taxable and reimbursed up to $1,000 for childcare expenses provided at home or by licensed providers observing federal/state/county/UCI health guidelines. Only childcare for pre-approved research productivity activities presented as part of applications due to COVID-19-impacted childcare needs were eligible for reimbursement.

UCI Senate faculty members in two-parent households each were able to apply for awards as long as productivity activities warrant this consideration.

Please also see these additional childcare resources at:

T-RES funding is unable to supplant or add to any of the above benefits if the above benefits were used.

ALSO NOTE: Non-dependent care support opportunities for assistant and associate-rank Academic Senate faculty members may be requested through the Interim COVID-19 Research Recovery Program with deadlines of September 20, 2021 and January 14, 2022

As a number of studies have shown, balancing work and family remains a persistent challenge for the knowledge and technology workforce, especially at our nation’s leading research universities.  The cost of such dependent care has been shown to inhibit participation which may impair professional visibility as well as networking opportunities at a critical time for pre-tenure faculty. Additionally, evidence is emerging to suggest that the current COVID-19 circumstances strain the abilities of working families to afford and coordinate dependent care consistent with CDC and UCI guidance, particularly for parents of children in early primary grades.

In lieu of opening a call for the ADVANCE Dependent Care Travel Awards Program for the term cycles of summer 2020-fall 2021, the Office of Inclusive Excellence aimed to support through this temporary “family friendly” resource, subject to specified changes and requirements.

PERIOD COVERED:

UCI T-RES was open to support childcare costs as described during specific fall periods, subject to UCI COVID-19 guidance. This temporary program is now and was subject to changes or suspension at any time based based on federal, state, county, and/or UCI mandates. Due to limited funds, awards were prioritized for faculty at senate assistant professor or assistant professor of teaching (PSOE) who had not previously received T-RES awards.

GENERAL ELIGIBILITY (term specific additional requirements and changes may apply):

  • Applicant is an active Senate faculty member (e.g., assistant professor/associate professor/professor or equivalent; lecturer or sr. lecturer w/SOE; lecturer or sr. lecturer w/PSOE, etc.)
  • Applicant has child(ren) enrolled in grade 6 or under and earlier years by the application deadline (updated 2/16/21)
  • Applicant must submit online application with required documents by deadlines

T-RES FUNDS WILL NOT REIMBURSE:

  • Expenses for in-person childcare provided by any family members (parents, grandparents, siblings) for the care of qualifying child(ren)
  • Expenses for in-person childcare associated with teaching or course preparation activities (updated Sept. 11, 2020)
  • Any in-person childcare expenses without proper documentation of billing and payment
  • Any in-person childcare expenses associated with activities not represented on approved Productivity Activity Budgets to support COVID-19 research productivity
  • NO CHANGES, EDITS, OR ADDITIONS to the Productivity Activity Budgets allowed without prior written OIE approval, and awardees will only be reimbursed for approved childcare expenses up to $1,000
  • T-RES funding cannot supplant or add to concurrent benefits used for the same dates under the referenced “Additional Resources”

NOTIFICATIONS:

Award notifications provided to applicants included specified terms and notification that reimbursed funds were taxable.

Additional Resources

Learn more about additional Office of Inclusive Excellence funding programs

Additional childcare resources:

 

ALSO NOTE:

Non-dependent care support opportunities for assistant and associate-rank Academic Senate faculty members may be requested through the Interim COVID-19 Research Recovery Program with deadlines of September 20, 2021 and January 14, 2022

T-RES Use Report

Awardees are required to submit a T-RES Use Report online to the Office of Inclusive Excellence for childcare expense reimbursement no later than 30 days after associated productivity activities are completed. A copy of the submitted T-RES Use Report will be provided automatically to the email of the submission when submitted online at: https://uciadvance.wufoo.com/forms/r1c9rk5s1tia63g/.

Award Recipients